May 4, 2011

Attention astronomy fans: Talk, observatory programs planned

Unveiling Saturn’s Moon Titan is the title of a talk to be given by Ralph Lorenz, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, at 7 p.m. Monday, May 9, in 210 Kane Hall.

Lorenz is a planetary scientist known for his work on the design of the Huygens probe that landed on Titan in 2005 as part of the Cassini Mission to study Saturn and its moons. Six years later, the Cassini spacecraft is still orbiting Saturn and flying past its rings and moons, delivering a wealth of new discoveries. This talk will present the latest images and data, and show how Titan, although extremely cold and dominated by the chemistry of hydrocarbons such as methane, has similarities with the Earth such as river channels, vast dune fields and giant lakes.

The talk is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required.

In other news for astronomy fans, open houses at the Jacobsen Observatory are in full swing. The next two programs are:

  • Wednesday, May 18, 9 – 11 p.m., Jason Sims, The Story of the Jacobsen Observatory; Ryan Riley, The History of Telescopes. Each talk will be between 15 and 20 minutes long.
  • Wednesday, June 1, Open House, 7 – 11 p.m., celebrating 10 years of public educational outreach in a 116-year-old observatory. Talks at 7 and 9 p.m., plus many other activities. Reservations strongly recommended.

Make reservations for either of these programs online.